Typesetting: Linotype (Part II)
How mechanical typesetting works.
Run time 14:00Producer Salesian Vocational and Technical Schools, ItalySponsor Salesian Vocational and Technical Schools, ItalyAudio/Visual Sd, B&W
August 17, 2005
Did Rube Goldberg design this machine?
Utterly fascinating how-to film about what looks to be a now primitive and obsolete way to set and mold type. This machine that they used automatically selects the type, spaces, prepares the mold AND puts the letters back to be used again! The machine is explained, step by step, and doesnt really get too complicated for us so that dumdums (like me) can easily understand what happens. Sure its over a half hour, but it sure is entertaining.
Oh yeah, another neat thing about this, is that was an ITALIAN training film, its been dubbed into English. So, in short, youll get to see a 1960s Italian Industrial film! Neat! Highly recommended!
September 22, 2003
Inside the Linotype machine
An in-depth look at how a linotype machine works. Fascinating stuff, if you're interested in printing (which I am).
In part two, we learn how the slug is cast (using molten lead!), and how the type is automatically "distributed" back into the linotype to be reused.
At the very end, we are introduced to the latest advancement: punch-tape, which automates the entire process, perfectly. Wild.